Cinnamon “Chicken” with Chipotle Alfredo

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Chef Eric Westover with Huckleberry Grill joined us in the kitchen for a tasty surprise today! This recipe for Cinnamon Chicken on Chipotle Alfredo with Cilantro Lime Pesto is actually cheese- and meat-free! Even vegans can enjoy!


Chipotle "Alfredo"

2 cup soy milk

1 cup almond milk

1 clove garlic - minced

1/2 yellow onion - diced

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 Tbsp chipotle powder - or to taste

Cornstarch as needed


Cinnamon "Chicken"

1 package Gardein Chicken strips

Cinnamon - to taste

Cumin - to taste

Smoked paprika - to taste

Earth Balance or olive oil to taste

Salt and black pepper


Cilantro Lime Pesto

2 bundles cilantro

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

8-10 cashews

2 tsp minced garlic

Salt and Black pepper to taste


Pasta w/Veggies

1 lb pasta of choice -  rotini is used in the segment

1/2 cup sweet corn

1/2 cup sweet peas

1/2 red onion - diced



Diced and sweat yellow onion, add garlic and allow to saute for 1 minute.  deglaze with white wine and bring to a simmer again.  Add almond and soy milks then add chipotle powder.  Puree in a blender for 1 minute on high speed.  return to sauce pot and bring to a boil.  Add cornstarch slurry slowly while whisking until sauce will coat the back of a spoon.  Bring to a low simmer and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.  season Gardein chicken strips then saute in a nonstick pan with olive oil or earth balance until golden brown on the outside.  Place all Cilantro lime pesto ingredients in a blender and puree on high until smooth, usually 2-3 minutes.  Adjust seasoning as needed.  Boil pasta and toss in chipotle alfredo.  Add peas, corn, and purple onion and toss into pasta, top with chicken and drizzle with cilantro lime pesto.

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